Al-Sadr bloc returns to parliament

Boycott of parliament after second attack on revered Shia shrine in June is ended.

    The al-Sadr bloc demanded that the al-Askari shrine in the town of Samarra be rebuilt [AFP]
    Acting house speaker, Khalid al-Atiyya, said: "We welcome back the members of the Sadr bloc into the council of parliament to practise their legislative role, especially at this stage."
     
    Wave of fighting

    Al-Sadr withdrew six ministers from government in April over the refusal of Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, to support a timetable for US withdrawal.

    Al-Sadr's bloc also withdrew from parliament for two months in November after al-Maliki met George Bush, the US president, in Amman.

    The political bloc of al-Sadr demanded that the al-Askari shrine in the town of Samarra be rebuilt, after its golden dome was blown up in February 2006.

    The attack ignited a wave of sectarian fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people.

    The group stepped up its protest after the shrine was bombed again in June.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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